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What other villages were affected by the events leading up to Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, “Episode 3: The Dragon Hatchery” on Roll20 and I'm editing the map of the Sword Coast to show only the Greenfields and the route they marked. I also want to put Xs ...
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Can you shove your way out of a grapple?

The [grappled] condition also ends if an effect removes the grappled creature from the reach of the grappler... What's stopping the grapplee from shoving the grappler? I've read that you can ...
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Can non-halfling small characters hide behind medium allies?

I know that Halflings can hide behind people, that's their special thing. But could a Small sized character with Skulker hide behind a Normal sized party member and claim the partial concealment ...
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Can a Warlock have a bonded pact weapon and still create other pact weapons

The Warlock can bond with a magical weapon to have it counted as a Pact weapon, which when not in use is shunted into an extra-dimensional pocket for retrieval at a later time. The regular pact weapon ...
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How can I keep players, whose characters are unconscious, entertained?

In each session, I always try to gradually crank up the tension and danger, so that the final combat encounter (assuming that it is a combat encounter) is the most difficult (read deadly). However, ...
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Making a noble bastard child prodigy in Burning Wheel

I can't see how to make a noble bastard child prodigy. The noble born gets one trait that he has to spend on Mark of Privilege. I looked that up to make sure I wasn't crazy. Then I go to bastard. You ...
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Does Forcecage automatically trap a creature in its area?

Force cage is a spell that allows you to create An immobile, invisible, cube-shaped prison composed of magical force springs into existence around an area you choose within range pg. 243 PHB ...
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How to debuff will or wisdom as a wizard

I want to play a wizard who specializes in the charm and dominate spells. But all those Enchantment spells saving throws are Will saves, and I'm worried about my spells not being effective. What are ...
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Can you create a scroll by using a spell cast from a magical item?

In the DMG it says The character must also be a spellcaster with spell slots and must be able to cast any spells that the item can produce. Many magic items let users cast spells. For example ...
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Can a Target of Nightmare Haunting be woken up to break the effect?

This arises from discussions in comments on the question: How can a party defend against the Dream Haunting action of a Night Hag? . The wording could either it lasts the duration the Night Hag is in ...
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What do “class levels” and “class features” mean in the Magic Jar spell?

I am not sure what the description of Magic Jar means by “class levels” and “class features”: […] Once you possess a creature’s body, you control it. Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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Does the Alarm spell trigger if creature is on the ethereal plane?

Does the Alarm spell trigger if creature is on the ethereal plane? The Alarm spell doesn't have a clause to say otherwise, but other magic doesn't cause damage effects on the ethereal plane unless ...
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Does vampire lord paladin gain bonus to saves equal to twice his charisma modifier?

Divine Grace (Su) At 2nd level, a paladin gains a bonus equal to her Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws. Vampire lord template Same as the base vampire, plus the vampire lord ...
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How can a party defend against the Nightmare Haunting action of a Night Hag?

This question was asked previously with respect to D&D 3.5: What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting? There are some interesting answers there, but ...
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Any futuristic chronicle or module for world of darkness? [closed]

I was planning to create a chronicle for Vampire: the Masquerade in which the the Gehenna has ended 300 years ago, the Masquerade is broken and vampires are fighting against a high technology ...
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen hatchery cave layout

I'm running Hoard of The Dragon Queen for some friends and have hit a bit of a roadblock in map building with the dragon hatchery. The map While I can take a guess as to how I'm supposed to lay ...
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Is making characters who go off the rails unlucky a good technique for keeping the plot moving?

I will soon be the GM of a 4 players party. It will be my very first game as a GM, and one thing that terrifies me is to let players make the choices they want and lose them far away from the plot. I ...
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How does Slow affect round-long casting times?

The spell slow hobbles it's victims: Creatures affected by this spell are staggered and can take only a single move action or standard action each turn, but not both (nor may it take ...
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How to make a dragonborn sorcerer appear to be human for 8 to 16 hours?

I am DMing a game in which the king's son is a dragonborn, born from the human king and a female shadow dragon. I need the dragonborn prince to appear human for periods of 8 to 16 hours. He has to ...
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Mechanics of how to kill a hydra

In a session where I was the DM, I made my players fight a hydra. In the end I had to end the battle by stating the hydra became unconscious. It was at 0 hitpoints for a good 4 turns before I made my ...
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Can the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead be used on very powerful undead?

The Command Undead feature says As an action, you can choose one undead that you can see within 60 feet of you. Unlike the spell Animate Dead it does not specify that it has to be a small/medium ...
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Does the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead have a usage limit?

Does the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead have a usage limit? The feature does not specify the number of times I can use it, all it says is As an action, you can choose one undead that ...
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Can a harpoon grapple at a distance?

The Harpoon has the grapple weapon quality. Does this allow the user to throw the harpoon and make a grapple attempt of a critical hit?
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Does a Monk's Martial Arts die replace all of a magic weapon's damage, or only the die portion of it?

I have a 5th-level Monk, whose martial arts die is a d6. I'm wielding a magic +1 dagger in my hand. If I use my martial arts die in place of "the weapon's normal damage", does the dagger then deal ...
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How does replacing Advantage with a flat +2 affect Champion critical hit damage output?

My DM does not like Advantage/Disadvantage. While I disagree with his reasons on this, he has decided to replace it with a +2/-2 rule and I respect him (mostly) enough to follow his rules. I recently ...
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Would a mummy (undead) react to a minor illusion?

In our present campaign we were fighting mummies. A character (Bard) wanted to cast minor illusion to distract or slow the mummy with an illusion of fire. Would this affect a mummy?
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How should damage thresholds be assigned?

The Dungeon Master's Guide has the following rule for objects (p.246): Damage Threshold. Big objects such as castle walls often have extra resilience represented by a damage threshold. An object ...
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When to kick out frequently absent and disruptive players?

I DM for a group of 6 people and we play once a week. Two of the players barely ever show up (less than once a month), and when they do we have to stop, and recap a huge part of story, just for ...
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If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets?

If a caster uses a higher level slot for Enhance Ability, can they specify different effects for different targets? So target one gets a Bear's Endurance, and target two gets a Bull's Strength
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Is fighting unarmed considered using light weapons?

I am thinking about making a "Monk" glaive and I was wondering about the Wields Two Weapons At Once Focus. Are unarmed weapons, like fists and feet, considered light weapons?
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Do powers that can be used as basic attacks trigger effects that happen when you make a basic attack?

If I have one of the Skald's at-will powers such as Bolstering Speech that triggers when I hit with a basic attack through Master of Stories and the half-elf 1/encounter at-will, can I trigger its ...
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Can you negate the Frightened condition by not looking at the source of your fear?

As the title says, if you cause a creature to be Frightened of you, as in the Frightened condition, but they can somehow manage to not see you, do they stop rolling with disadvantage to ...
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Can dragon fire adept's breath weapon deal nonlethal damage?

Dragonfire adept player wants to gain Vow of Peace feat, which demands you to deal nonlethal damage to humanoids and monstrous humanoids. Is it possible or not? Please note, that he has Vow of Poverty ...
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Does 5e D&D limit the XP gain of a PC who was KO'd?

A friend of mine's character just died, and as we chatted he lamented all the bad luck he had over the course of the campaign. One thing that stuck out (other than his death being at the hands of a ...
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How can a spellcaster effectively fight against a creature with magic resistance? [closed]

I would like to know how a wizard or some sort of spellcaster can fight against a creature or npc that has the following ability: You have advantage on saving throws against spells and other ...
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Does an Alchemist (or any class with the Bomb feature) with Breath Weapon Bomb qualify for feats affecting breath weapon attacks?

I plan to play a Bomber (a Rogue who uses bombs instead of sneak attacks and has access to Alchemist discoveries that upgrade bombs) and by level 6 I plan to get Breath Weapon Bomb to turn regular ...
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What is Lovecraftesque?

I was looking at another question that was asking a question about Lovecraftesque, and it looked really cool, but what actually is it?
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How should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
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How to achieve highest possible charisma at 20th level?

I must keep the details secret, but I have to create a character which has highest possible charisma at 20th ECL(LA buyoff possible, which means character can be like 20 rogue death knight). It must ...
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How to make a tavern defensible quickly? [closed]

I have a group that is about to run into a small village that has already been repeatedly attacked. The few survivors are nearly exhausted, and can barely go on defending themselves. There will be 2 ...
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Is there a stacking limit for roll bonuses in Apocalypse World?

All Apocalypse World rolls are 2d6 + "bonus", with 6 or less counting as a "miss", 7 to 9 counting as "soft hit" and 10 or above counting as "hard hit". Most rolls decide the bonus part by a stat, ...
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If you lose both Conflicts, does your Protagonist get two new Features?

When you lose a Conflict in Shock: your Protagonist increases hir Features number by one and you write a new Feature for zir. If you lose both Conflicts in the scene — i.e., the Antagonist wins hir ...
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What is your chance to win in a contest where you have advantage and your opponent has disadvantage?

I'm trying to think of the answer to a certain problem, but I'm finding it hard to calculate. How much of a statistical edge do you have in a scenario where all of the following are true? You ...
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Sentinel and Multiple Attacks

How does the Sentinel skill work with Extra Attacks? Following this answer about Actions/Reactions etc, it says Reactions are actions that you take out of turn (or possibly on your turn) that ...
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How can I trade the ability to speak for a bonus to sleight of hand, for a character inspired by Teller?

I'm creating a sleight of hand–based character and have drawn a fair bit of inspiration from Teller, of Penn and Teller. To further the connection, how can I trade away the ability to speak for a ...
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How do you make 4e combat less time consuming? [duplicate]

I have recently started DMing a DnD 4e campaign after a long break from the specific game and both me and my players have been having a lot of fun with it. However one thing that is diminishing our ...
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What does an Unseen Servant roll for skill checks?

Let's say that Lazarus the Lazy is an eighth level wizard. He is too lazy to wash his dishes, so he simply uses them once and throws them out every day. Each night before bed, he summons an Unseen ...
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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?

There are a number of artifacts in the DM's Guide and they are awesome. The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. If they aren't obtainable, why are they in the Guide? If ...
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“Ready” and “Reaction” and “Uncanny Dodge”

Struggling to get how Ready and Reaction interact. If a player says I want to take the Ready action and wait for an orc to pop his head out and then shoot him that is a reaction and also his full ...
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Can you use scent to track in the air?

I saw a dragon flying in the air, I am at its approximate height, can I track in the air using the scent ability while flying?

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